As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

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CELIA

Cry “holla” to thy tongue, I prithee. It curvets unseasonably. He was furnished like a hunter.

CELIA

Cry, “whoa!” to your tongue, please. It’s leaping about like a frisky horse. He was dressed like a hunter.

ROSALIND

Oh, ominous! He comes to kill my heart.

ROSALIND

Oh, that’s ominous! He has come to kill my heart.

CELIA

225I would sing my song without a burden. Thou bring’st me out of tune.

CELIA

I’d like to sing my song solo. You’re making me go off-key.

ROSALIND

Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak. Sweet, say on.

ROSALIND

Don’t you know that I’m a woman? Whatever I think, I have to say. Sweetheart, go on.

CELIA

You bring me out. Soft, comes he not here?

CELIA

You’ve made me lose the tune. Quiet! Isn’t that him heading this way?
Enter ORLANDO and JAQUES
ORLANDO and JAQUES enter.

ROSALIND

230'Tis he. Slink by, and note him.

ROSALIND

That’s him. Let’s slink off, and watch him from a hiding place.

JAQUES

I thank you for your company, but, good faith, I had as lief have been myself alone.

JAQUES

Thanks for your company but, really, I would have preferred being alone.

ORLANDO

And so had I, but yet, for fashion sake, I thank you too for your society.

ORLANDO

Me too, but still, for the sake of good manners, I’ll say thanks for your company.

JAQUES

235God be wi' you. Let’s meet as little as we can.

JAQUES

Goodbye. Let’s meet as little as we can.

ORLANDO

I do desire we may be better strangers.

ORLANDO

I also hope that we can be better strangers.

JAQUES

I pray you mar no more trees with writing love songs in their barks.

JAQUES

Please don’t ruin any more trees by carving love poems on their barks.

ORLANDO

I pray you mar no more of my verses with reading them ill- favoredly.

ORLANDO

Please don’t ruin any more of my poems by reading them so badly.